A 12-year-old boy’s contact was being traced by the Health Department, who died by contracting Nipah infection rose up to 251, of which, 11 are symptomatic.
Health Minister, Veena George said, that the condition of all the Symptomatic contacts, including parents, relatives, and health care workers was stable.
Adding to this, she said that all 24 samples of eight persons sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune have tested negative for the Nipah virus. Expressing relief, Veena George said, that symptoms of high-risk contacts have not intensified and 38 of 54 high-risk contacts were admitted to the Nipah ward of Kozhikode medical college for observation.
Meanwhile, a temporary Nipah testing facility was set up at the Medical college by personnel from NIV.
In the meantime, a team from Animal Husbandry Department (AHD), who visited the boy’s home and the areas in his vicinity, found that bats used to locate themselves in nearby Rambutan trees. The AHD team also collected samples of fruits suspected to be half-eaten by the bats, for testing purposes.